Texas Economic Success in Four Words: “Big, Hot Cheap and Right”
I am an avid New York Times reader and feel that my day is amiss if I don’t have a chance to read each section every day. Yesterday, in the Sunday Business section, a book review caught my eye. It had the best title I have seen in along time: Big, Hot, Cheap and Right. Plus, the subject was my home state of Texas.
There is a link to the review below but what made me want to sit right down and read this book by Texas Monthly’s Erica Grieder are the reviewer’s words:
Ms. Grieder’s is the rare book that takes stock of the Texas model without ridiculing many of its traditions and politicians.
As a Texan who has lived in NY for most of my adult life, I face, and do my best to face-down, the stereotypes people sometimes associate with the state. I don’t have to agree with the politicians, in TX or NY, for that matter, but I have little patience for regional prejudice or ridicule.
Just last week, at a social media gathering near my house in the suburbs, a middle-aged man asked me what happened to my big hair? For the record, no one I know has had big hair since the 60’s. Also, for the record, his wife was appalled at his comment and he came over later to apologize.
So, cheers to Ms. Grieder for writing this small book with the big title. I hope that she will be successful in dissolving stereotypes while explaining how Texas history – including cowboys, and oil, and the ten years the state was a nation – contributed to the modern reality of the Lone Star State.